The head coach of the Saudi Arabia national football team Juan Antonio Pizzi sounds the squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. The final squad includes:
Goalkeepers: Mohammed Al-Owais (Al-Ahli), Yasser Al-Musailem (Al-Alhi), Abdullah Al-Mayouf (Al-Hilal).
Defenders: Mansoor Al-Harbi, Motaz Hawsawi (Al-Ahli), Yasser Al-Shahrani, Osama Hawsawi, Mohammed Al-Breik, Ali Al-Bulaihi (both — Al-Hilal), Omar Hawsawi (Al Nassr).
Midfielders: Abdullah Al-Khaibari (Al Shabab), Ali Al-Khaibari (Al-Ettifaq), Abdullah Otayf, Salman Al-Faraj (Al-Hilal), Taiseer Al-Jassаm (Al-Ahli), Houssain Al-Mafhawi, Mohamed Kanno, Hattan Bahebri (both — Al Shabab), Salem Al-Dawsari (Villarreal, Spain), Yahya Al-Shehri (Leganes, Spain).
Forwards: Fahad Al-Muwallad (Levante, Spain), Mohammad Al-Sahlawi (Al Nassr), Muhannad Assiri (Al Ahli).
Most players of Saudi Arabia perform in Asia and are little known to football fans. Only three footballers in the national team play in Europe in Spanish clubs.
It is highly likely that Saudi Arabia, which is the weakest team according to the FIFA ranking, will appear an outsider of Group A. Any points scored by the team will become great success for Saudi Arabia.